Neli Rasovic

Country: Montenegro
Subject of study: International Relations
Year of graduation: 2019
Type/Level of study: Post graduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

One of the greatest advantage that MA International Relations offers is the possibility to tailor the course to one’s needs. The programme has only one mandatory module, while all other modules can be chosen by students based on their interest or career goals. As a professional with years of working experience in the field of international relations prior to this degree, I really enjoyed expanding my views and understanding of subjects such as Global Security, State-Building after Civil War, Foreign Policy decision-making. The lecturers are world-class professors and they helped me shape perspectives I didn’t even consider before.

Some of the students were are profiling have in addition to their degree been awarded a departmental prize or award in recognition of their exceptional achievements. If this applies to you please can you tell us about the award you have received and what this award means to you?

I was awarded the Certificate of Scholarship in recognition of academic excellence. For me this was significant, as the University of Exeter recognised my efforts to win the Chevening Scholarship (awarded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) thanks to which I got the opportunity to come to the UK and study this specific degree.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was member of Exeter Student Volunteers.

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

This year was filled with amazing moments and it is very difficult to highlight just one. I made great friends from all over the world, enjoyed many beautiful sunsets at the Quay, explored hidden corners of this charming city that now feels like a second home.

 What will you miss the most about University?

Streatham Campus! I will miss studying near the water in the botanical garden or in front of Reed Hall. Also, the sense of community that the University of Exeter has is very unique.

What advice would you give to current and future students? (If you are an international student what would you like to tell future students from back home who might be thinking about applying to study in Exeter?)

 Make the most out of the time at university because it will fly without even noticing it. I highly recommend students to engage with professors, go to their office hours and don’t be afraid to present your own views and arguments. For international students I think it is very important to know all the support that is offered by the Into Building team. These courses are designed for international students to help them become more familiar with the UK academic system and achieve great results.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

After graduation I returned to my job as Adviser for International Cooperation in the Ministry of the Interior of Montenegro. Wherever my career path may lead me in the future, I am convinced that the knowledge and skills gained during this years will be one of my strongest assets.


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